Friday, December 31, 2010

Tornado Watch (365/365)

2010 12 31 IMG_6949W
“In some places it's known as a tornado. In others, a cyclone. And in still others, the Idiot's Merry-go-round. But around here they'll always be known as screw-boys.”

Jack Handy (American Writer and cast member of Saturday Night Live from 1991-2003. Famous for his Deep Thoughts comedy sketches.)

TIME:  12:21 PM
PLACE:  Looking west
SUBJECT:  Sky

As I was taking down the Christmas tree, the tornado sirens went off.  That, of course, made DramaQueen go into hysterics.  Then, when I went outside to continue with the de-Christmasing of the porch trees, lights and garland and to watch the skies, it threw her into a tizzy.  “Come inside!!!! Come INSIDE Mom!!!  Oh my god…is there going to be a tornado? Are we going to be ok!?!  Mom! Come! In! Side!”  So I went inside, got my camera and went back out.  MonkeyBoy came with me.  He thought the weather was pretty neat.  I took another couple of shots, we started up the porch steps and all of a sudden, a wave of wind and rain hit.  It was like someone turned on a switch.  We barely missed getting soaked.  MB was impressed.  DQ was hysterical.  We all survived.

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Getting Beautiful Stresses Me Out (364/365)

2010 12 30 _MG_6936w
“A dog's idea of personal grooming is to roll on a dead fish.”

James Gorman

TIME:  8:00 PM
PLACE:  Kitchen
SUBJECT:  Oreo

Poor doggie.  We took her to Petsmart to be groomed this afternoon.  She was stinky and her nails were long and “clicked, clicked, clicked, clicked” much too annoyingly on the laminate floor for my taste.  When we dropped her off, she had a look of panic on her face, as if we were leaving her forever.  When we returned to pick her up, she about pulled the groomer’s arm out of their socket as they were walking her to us at the desk.  We bought her a new pink collar to replace her old faded one while she was getting all pretty.  Now she smells sooo much better – and she isn’t as “clicky” either.

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Monkey Joe (363/365)

2010 12 29 IMG_6882w
“I love to go to the playground and watch the children jumping up and down. They don't know I'm firing blanks.”

Emo Philips (American entertainer and comedian, b1956)

TIME:  8:03 PM
PLACE:  Monkey Joe’s
SUBJECT:  Monkey Joe inflatable

My niece, Shayne turned 5 today.  My sister called last night to see if the kids wanted to meet up at Monkey Joe’s – an inflatable play center - this evening to help celebrate (her big family party is scheduled for this coming Sunday).  My brother-in-law even offered to watch the kids so my sister and I (and DramaQueen) could go shopping for a couple of hours.  Did I mention that he is my favorite brother-in-law?  OK, he’s my ONLY brother-in-law, but does that really matter?  In any case, we left the children with D-- around 6pm and made it to Target (which didn’t have anymore peppermint Oreos dammit!), the mall and Borders bookstore before heading back around 8pm to relieve him of his duties.  There were no broken bones or other casualties while we were gone…a successful outing!

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Siren Song (362/365)

2010 12 28 _MG_6863w
“The only way to get rid of a temptation is to yield to it.”

Oscar Wilde (Irish Poet, Novelist, Dramatist and Critic, 1854-1900) *The Picture of Dorian Gray*, 1891

TIME:  3:30 PM
PLACE:  Pantry
SUBJECT:  Peppermint Oreo cookies

These are one of the 50% off Holiday foods that I purchased at Target on Sunday.  Really, who can resist a package of Oreos for only $1.49?  Not me.  I thought the peppermint would be in the filling…but no, it’s even better – it’s in the cookie – mmmmm, minty chocolate goodness.  I need to eat them all so they don’t tempt me anymore – and then maybe I just might make another trip out to Target to purchase more.

Monday, December 27, 2010

Ohhh, Sparkly (361/365)

2010 12 27 IMG_6733w
“Begin doing what you want to do now. We are not living in eternity. We have only this moment, sparkling like a star in our hand-and melting like a snowflake...”

Francis Bacon, Sr. (English Lawyer and Philosopher. 1561-1626)

TIME:  3:19 PM
PLACE:  North side of the house
SUBJECT:  Icicle on Rose of Sharon branch

Back to the grind today.  I was sooo tired.  That’s what I get for staying up way too late and playing Peggle on the Xbox.  Stupid, addicting game cutting in on my sleep time – but I managed to muddle through work and made it back home without falling asleep at my desk.  After I ate a late lunch, StellaDella just had to show me the icicles she spied out of the window by my computer desk.  She thought it was so cool how the afternoon light made them sparkle.  They won’t be here much longer, we are expecting temps to hit the mid to upper 50’s along with some rain on Thursday.

Sunday, December 26, 2010

December Tree (360/365)

2010 12 26 IMG_0608w
"In drear-nighted December,
Too happy, happy tree,
Thy branches ne'er remember
Their green felicity:
The north cannot undo them
With a sleety whistle through them;
Nor frozen thawings glue them
From budding at the prime.”

John Keats,  In Drear-Nighted December 

TIME:  4:40 PM
PLACE:  Front yard
SUBJECT:  Red Sunset Maple tree

A last, lovely, do-nothing day before work beckons tomorrow.  DQ and I went to Target, not for the sales, but to purchase cat food and Q-tips.  We did manage to spend some money on 50%-off gingerbread Pop tarts, dark chocolate Hershey kisses, peppermint Oreos and some black velvety sweatpants and hoodie for StellaDella.  We came back home and I played a rousing game of Plants vs. Zombies with my son on his Xbox.  Then I booted him off the system and played Zuma (a marble popping game) while the dog and son fell asleep with their heads on my legs and SD fell asleep as she lay down beside me.  I only got up because I needed to take the picture of the tree for the month.

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Christmas Morning 2010 (359/360)

12 25 2010 _MG_6669w
“The best of all gifts around any Christmas tree:  the presence of a happy family all wrapped up in each other.”

William E. ("Bill") Vaughan, aka Burton Hillis (American columnist and author, 1915–1977)

TIME:  7:37 AM
PLACE:  Living room
SUBJECT:  StellaDella, DramaQueen & MonkeyBoy

Before the present unwrapping carnage occurred, I managed to get the three kids posed in front of the tree with their new Pillow Pets - It’s a Pillow.  It’s a Pet.  It’s a Pillow Pet! – Vendetta the Unicorn, Slick the Penguin and Po the Panda.  HH made breakfast, lunch *and* dinner (my dad came over and ate supper with us) – gotta love that.  Me, I spent the majority of my day setting up and troubleshooting new electronic devices (cell phone, Mp3 player, Xbox Kinect and Nook for the kids and a new Garmin for HH and myself).  Other than that, it was another lazy Christmas Day spent at home.  Merry Christmas!

Friday, December 24, 2010

Santa Is Out (358/365)

2010 12 24 IMG_6631w
“Alas! How dreary would be the world if there was no Santa Claus!... There would be no childlike faith then, no poetry, no romance to make tolerable this existence.”

Francis P. Church, New York Sun, Sep. 21, 1897

TIME:  5:42 PM
PLACE:  Public Square
SUBJECT:  Santa’s House

Since 1963, children in our town have been able to visit Santa in his very own home away from home.  On our way to my Dad’s house for Christmas Eve dinner, we drove by his temporary dwelling.  The snow covered sign indicated that he was out – Of course he was out, it’s Christmas Eve and he has to deliver all of the Christmas gifts.  Sheesh.

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Old Milwaukee (357/365)

2010 12 23 Photo202w
“Beer built right.”

Old Milwaukee beer slogan

TIME:  4:20 PM
PLACE:  Beauty Shop
SUBJECT:  Old Milwaukee beer
(taken with my crappy cellphone camera)

I was my beautician’s last customer of the day and after she had put color in my hair and it was processing, she asked if I minded if she had a beer.  I told her that wasn’t a problem and then she asked if I wanted one too.  Well of course! - I never look a gift beer in the mouth.  She pulled two Old Milwaukees out of the compact refrigerator.  While Old Mil is not my beer of choice, I have to admit that my first sip of it tasted pretty darn good.  I don’t agree with the “America’s Best Tasting Beer” slogan on the top of the can, but in all honesty, it’s not the swill that some consumers claim it to be.  Hey, did you know that in 2004 it took home the gold in the Great American Beer Festival competition?  Take *that* you haters.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

SOOC Surprise (356/365)

2010 12 22_MG_6598w
“When everything flows into place - washes dry tonally correct, crisp and sparkling, the light scheme is sound and the "accidentals" are all happy ones - I'm temporarily in a euphoric state.”

Bill Luff – artist

TIME:  8:25 PM
PLACE:  Living room
SUBJECT:  Christmas floral arrangement

I was playing around with my Christmas gift – a Canon 50mm f/1.8 II camera lens – taking several shots of a floral arrangement that friends had sent us.  I took pictures of it with the candles in it lit; the candles unlit; I placed it in front of the little tree with the white lights behind it; then moved it to the front of  the big tree with the colored lights behind it;  I placed it against the solid colored wall; I took pictures from far away; I took pictures as close as the lens would allow…I took a lot of photos.  After downloading and reviewing the shots, I came across this one.  This is straight out of the camera – just slightly cropped – I liked it the best.  I like how the pinecone and the red rose in the lower corner are the only things in focus; I like the bokeh behind the pine cone and I like the funky way the greenery turned out.  It is a happy accident.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Solstice Moon (355/365)

2010 12 21 IMG_0607w
“Now is the solstice of the year,
Winter is the glad song that you hear.”

Jethro Tull. "Ring Out, Solstice Bells." Songs from the Wood. By Ian Anderson. Island Records, London, 1977.

TIME:   8:10 PM
PLACE:  Mall parking lot
SUBJECT:  Moon

Today marks the official beginning of winter here in the Northern hemisphere.  Technically it began here at 5:38pm Central Standard Time.  I was cleaning up the dinner table when it started.  We ate a little earlier so DramaQueen and I could go shopping afterwards for some final Christmas gifts.  As we were leaving the mall (and it was torture being there, the crowds were killing me), we saw the full moon as it came out from behind the clouds for a brief moment.  It was nice to see.  We wished that we could have seen the lunar eclipse last night, but the sky was overcast and prevented us from observing it.

Monday, December 20, 2010

Shiny Brite (354/365)

2010 12 19 _MG_6525w
“Be merry all, be merry all,
With holly dress the festive hall;
Prepare the song, the feast, the ball,
To welcome merry Christmas.”

William Robert Spencer (English poet and humorist, 1769-1834)

TIME:  7:00 PM (yesterday)
PLACE:  Living room
SUBJECT:  Vintage Shiny Brite ornament

Some of you might have seen this photo yesterday before I deleted the post and replaced it with DramaQueen’s portrait.  I’m posting it today because #1: I need to do laundry so HH has work clothes and whites to wear for work tomorrow - I firmly believe that nothing says “I love you” like a drawer full of clean underwear. - and #2: I am tired and so do not feel like thinking of a photo to take for today.  What a slacker.

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Grumpy (353/365)

2010 12 19 _MG_6478w
Dory
: Hey there, Mr. Grumpy Gills. When life gets you down
you wanna know what you've gotta do?
Marlin: No I don't wanna know.
Dory: [singing] Just keep swimming. Just keep swimming. Just keep swimming, swimming, swimming. What do we do? We swim, swim.
Marlin: Dory, no singing.
Dory: [continuing] Ha, ha, ha, ha, ho. I love to swim. When you want to swim you want to swim.
Marlin: Now I'm stuck with that song... Now it's in my head.
Dory: Sorry.

DeGeneres, Ellen, and Brooks, Albert, perf. Finding Nemo. Dir. Andrew Stanton and Lee Unkrich. 2003. Pixar.

TIME:  9:55 AM
PLACE:  St. Augustine’s gym
SUBJECT:  DramaQueen (photo taken by HH)

Already it is the last Sunday before Christmas…gah!  We had a family session at Sunday School this morning.  DramaQueen was a Grumpy Gus the entire time…then she got even more grumpy when I won Christmas Word Bingo and she didn’t.  My “Winner, winner, chicken dinner!” chant apparently annoyed/embarrassed her even further.  *Giggle*  It’s so much fun to pester your children in public.

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Canned Tomatoes (352/365)

2010 12 18 IMG_6431w
“The path of civilization is paved with tin cans.”

Elbert Hubbard (American editor, publisher and writer, 1856-1915)

TIME:  9:20 AM
PLACE:  Viviano & Sons, Inc., St. Louis, MO
SUBJECT:  Marconi canned tomatoes

This morning was our annual “Italian Run” for the holidays.  We met up with Dad, Great Aunt Marie, my sister, my brother and his family and my niece’s friend and his family at Viviano & Son’s in St. Louis.  Then we bought fresh salami at Volpi’s and finally made the trek to our cousin’s bakery (Rosciglione's) in St. Charles for Italian cookies.  The best part of this tradition?  Eating lunch when we return home – fresh baked bread with Filzetti salami, some caccicavallo cheese and a sprinkling of olive oil with cookies for dessert.  Later tonight, I think I’m opening the bottle of Riesling we bought.  The kids are driving me to drink.

Friday, December 17, 2010

Bed Head (351/365)

2010 1217 IMG_0572w
“The hair is the richest ornament of women.”

Martin Luther (1483-1546), German theologist and leader of the Protestant reformation.

TIME:  9:34 AM
PLACE:  1st grade classroom
SUBJECT:  StellaDella

SD’s 1st grade class and their 4th grade buddies had a special “Polar Express” activity this morning.  I was one of the parents who volunteered to help out.  They were able to wear their pajamas to school for this fun day.  Tickets were hidden in their backpacks and after they found them, they needed to count coins to purchase the price indiciated on the ticket.  Then they “boarded” the train, listened to the story of the Polar Express, drank hot cocoa and ate chocolate from silver platters, met Santa - who gave them a bell from his reindeer harness - and then went to three areas of Santa’s workshop for activities.  There, they made a necklace with their bell, wrapped presents, cut out cookies and painted a scene from what they imagined they saw while looking out of the train window.  After that, they “boarded” the train again, sang songs and finally returned to the classroom in time for lunch.  They had to keep hold of their ticket to do all the activities – SD decided that the safest place to keep her ticket was in her hair.  Only my child.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Peppermint Bark (350/365)

2010 12 16 _MG_6413 copyw
Cosmo Kramer: Who's gonna turn down a Junior Mint? It's chocolate, it's peppermint, it's delicious.

"The Junior Mint." Seinfeld. Perf. Michael Richards. 17 Mar. 1993. Television.

TIME:  3:55 PM
PLACE:  Kitchen
SUBJECT:  Three Layer Peppermint Bark

The kids had an “icy road” day off school today, so I made them work.  We made this peppermint bark as well as a toffee pretzel bark and packaged them in mason jars to give as gifts to their teachers.  The above peppermint bark is. To. Die. For.  Seriously.  White chocolate, crushed starlight mints, bittersweet chocolate, heavy whipping cream and peppermint extract combine together to make the most heavenly flavor experience. *swoon*  I had to make a second batch, so we would have some for our own ~ it won’t last long though.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Office Space (349/365)

2010 12 15 IMG_0557w
Ms. Angela Li: All right! A two percent raise and a space heater for the teacher's lounge.

"Lucky Strike." Daria. Perf. Nora Laudani. MTV. 26 Mar. 2001. Television.

TIME:  1:15 PM
PLACE:  Work
SUBJECT:  Space heater & file drawers

As in other parts of the country, we’ve been experiencing below normal, bitterly cold temperatures here in the Midwest.  My office is located in the lower level of our building.  We have the most craptacular HVAC system ever.  It is always cold in my office (even in the summer, I have to have wear sweaters) – and with the weather we’ve been having it is simply freezing!  I am so thankful that I have a space heater, even if it is an older model…it keeps me warm and that is all that matters.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Reading (348/365)

2010 12 14 _MG_6392w

“To learn to read is to light a fire; every syllable that is spelled out is a spark.”

Victor Hugo (French romantic Poet, Novelist and Dramatist, 1802-1885)

TIME:  9:44 PM
PLACE:  Home
SUBJECT:  StellaDella

I am amazed at SD’s current reading ability.  It seems like all of a sudden, everything just “clicked” and off she went.  She reads cereal boxes, newspaper headlines, whatever is on the computer screen, road signs and any book she can get her hands on.  Tonight she announced that she was going to read her bedtime stories to me.  The tales were “Click, Clack, Moo” and “FrankenStella.”  I love watching and listening to her as she reads the stories and sounds out unfamiliar words – I can almost see her mind working as she does it.

Monday, December 13, 2010

Cold Geese (347/365)

2010 12 13 IMG_0537w
Something told the wild geese
It was time to go.
Though the fields lay golden
Something whispered—’Snow.’”

Rachel Lyman Field (1894-1942), U.S. writer. Something Told the Wild Geese (l. 1-4). . . Oxford Book of Children's Verse in America, The. Donald Hall, ed. (1985) Oxford University Press.

TIME:  8:33 AM
PLACE:  S. 52nd St.
SUBJECT:  Canadian geese

The kiddos were off school today because of the freezing weather. *rolls eyes*.  I still had to go to work though.  When I got into the Jeep on this morning, the outside temperature gauge read 5 degrees Fahrenheit….a bit chilly.  You know its freezing when you see Canadian geese all curled up in a ball to keep warm.  These guys were on a lake near my office building.  Their bottoms have got to be frozen!

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Cold Cornfield (346/365)

2010 12 12 IMG_0519 copyw
"Announced by all the trumpets of the sky,
Arrives the snow, and, driving o'er the fields,
Seems nowhere to alight: the withered air
Hides hills and woods, the river, and the heaven,
And veils the farm-house at the garden's end.”

Emerson, Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882), “The Snow-Storm.” 1-5.

TIME:  12:34 PM
PLACE:  South 11th St.
SUBJECT:  Cornfield

Last night, as we slept, the snow arrived.  We didn’t get as they were predicting, but there was enough to mess with people’s minds as they were driving.  Plus, our temperature dropped like a rock: from the 50 degrees we enjoyed on Friday to about 16 degrees right now.   The wind is blowing hard so it’s downright brisk out there.

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Gingerbread Latte (345/365)

2010 12 11 IMG_0494w
Dr. Frasier Crane: Yes, I'll have a non-fat, decaf latte, please. Oh, what the hell? Look, make it a full-fat mocha with extra whipped cream. What the hell, put a slice of bacon on it!

"A Word to the Wiseguy." Frasier. Perf. Kelsey Grammer. 20 Feb. 1996. Television.

TIME:  6:25 PM
PLACE:  Borders Book Store
SUBJECT:  Gingerbread latte

This morning I awoke to the sound of thunder – thunder - in December!  Crazy.  We had a ton of rain and dropping temps all day.  If that rain were snow, we’d be in a heap of trouble - just like DramaQueen’s gingerbread man who accompanied her latte at Border’s this evening.  Oh, he looks happy, but that’s because he was unaware of his fate.  He was consumed within seconds of having his photo taken. 
~*~*~
On a sad note…my brother and sister-in-law had to euthanize their dog,
Jake, last night due to health issues.  He was part of their family for the past 11 years and he was a good dog.  We will miss him.  RIP Jakers.

Friday, December 10, 2010

Thrifty Themed Tree (344/365)

2010 12 10 _MG_6297w
Clark Griswold: The most enjoying traditions of the season are best enjoyed in the warm embrace of kith and kin. Thith tree is a thymbol of the thpirit of the Griswold family Chrithmath.

Christmas Vacation. Perf. Chevy Chase. Dir. Jeremiah S. Chechik. 1989. Warner Bros. Pictures

TIME:  9:29 PM
PLACE:  Living room
SUBJECT:  Christmas tree #2

This is a 6-foot tree that I originally purchased to decorate our front porch…and it did for several years.  Then last year I realized that if I wanted to display my thrift store ornaments, I would need another tree.  So, I changed tactics on the outside décor and kept this inside for my treasures.  Funny, I would get jealous of the themed trees I saw in magazines or at department stores - you know, the ones where all the ornaments matched  – but tonight I noticed that all of my thrifty ornaments co-ordinate wonderfully with their main colors of red and white.  Without even trying, I have a themed tree.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Season’s Greetings (343/365)

2010 12 09 _MG_6253w
What did the salt say to the pepper?
”Season's Greetings!”

Joke, Unknown

TIME:  10:36 PM
PLACE:  Living room
SUBJECT:  Christmas salt & pepper shakers

I found these flirty cuties at the flea market in November.  The vendor only charged me a dollar for the pair.  Mrs. Salt happens to be a little paint-worn.  I like to think it’s because she’s been having a fun time with Mr. Pepper.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Gunboats (342/365)

2010 12 08 IMG_6223w
“You know what they say about guys with big hands and big feet?…
They wear big gloves and big shoes!”

Unknown

TIME:  4:13 PM
PLACE:  Dining room
SUBJECT:  Shoes

MonkeyBoy needed black shoes to wear with his band uniform for the Christmas concert this evening.  He and I went to the shoe store to purchase said shoes.  Can you believe that my 11-year old boy is wearing a men’s shoe size 9-1/2…his feet are larger than mine!

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Under The Hawthorn Tree (341/365)

2010 12 07 IMG_6218w
“Have you noticed that even the busiest people are never too busy to take time to tell you how busy they are?”

Bob Talbert (American, newspaper columnist, 1939-1999)

TIME:  4:07 PM
PLACE:  Grade school
SUBJECT:  Fruit on a Hawthorn tree

*Sigh* Just another relaxing day on my day off.  I spent my morning at school, helping out with the PTA’s annual Santa’s Cottage.  Santa’s Cottage is an event that lets the kids shop for family and friends in the gym.  The “cottage” has small gifts, knickknacks and other items that range in prices from 25 cents to four dollars.  Then it was off to the beautician for a haircut at 11:30am and then to the grocery store to pick up ice cream for the 4th & 5th grade boys basketball celebration after school.  I also stopped by the bakery to pick up a cake HH had ordered.  At the celebration, HH took individual and team photos of the boys; I served them cake and ice cream and our town’s police chief and a local Paralympic athlete stopped by at HH’s invitation, to congratulate the boys on working hard this season and the importance of giving their best in all that they do.  Ahh, well…I was busy for good causes, there is always Thursday to get other things done.

Monday, December 6, 2010

Blue Plaid Flannel (340/365)

2010 12 06 IMG_6186w
Cher: So, this flannel thing. Is that a nod to the crispy Seattle weather, or are you just trying to stay warm in front of the refrigerator?

Silverstone, Alicia, perf. Clueless. Dir. Amy Heckerling. 1995. Paramount Pictures.

TIME:  9:32 PM
PLACE:  My desk
SUBJECT:  HandsomeHusband’s flannel shirt

When it gets cold, like it is right now, I like to wear HH’s Sherpa lined, flannel shirt.  It’s soft, warm, comfy and large enough to fit over whatever I happen to be wearing.  The kids also like to throw it on when they take the dog out.  Poor HH, I think the kids and I have been wearing it more than he does lately.

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Jerky (339/365)

2010 12 05 IMG_0447w
Dale Doback: Dad, we're men. That means a few things - we like to s*** with the door open, we talk about <redacted>, we go on riverboat gambling trips, and we make our own beef jerky. That's what we do, and now that is all wrecked.

Reilly, John C., perf. Step Brothers. Dir. Adam McKay. 2008. Columbia Pictures.

TIME:  6:21 PM
PLACE:  Kitchen
SUBJECT:  Beef jerky in the dehydrator

HandsomeHusband helped out a friend on Saturday and they gave him a gift card to Sears.  He sent me to the mall last night with the gift card and a mission – to buy a food dehydrator.  I’m not one to turn down a shopping trip (especially one with free money!), so I gladly did as he asked.  He thinly sliced a round steak this morning, marinated it for a few hours and placed it in the dehydrator.  It still needs a couple more hours of drying time.  MonkeyBoy is just salivating with anticipation.  I think we are going to have place the jerky under lock and key, otherwise MB will eat it all tonight.

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Seeing Santa (338/365)

2010 12 04 IMG_6115 copyw
Ralphie as Adult: [narrating] The line waiting to see Santa Claus stretched all the way back to Terre Haute. And I was at the end of it.

Shepard, Jean, perf. A Christmas Story. Dir. Bob Clark. 1983. Warner Bros. DVD.

TIME:  10:48 AM
PLACE:  Murphy Company
SUBJECT:  DramaQueen, Santa, StellaDella and MonkeyBoy

The annual Murphy Company Christmas party was held today (see last year’s post for background on the gathering) and I managed to force talk DQ into attending with us.  I NEEDED to have the annual photo with Santa taken so I could have it for our Christmas cards.  I fear that this might be the last year for a photo like this.  The sullen, angst-filled, I-don’t-want-to-be-seen-with-my-family, teenage years have arrived…God help me.  She did manage to produce a happy face for the photo – I’m glad, she’s beautiful, but even more so when she smiles.

Friday, December 3, 2010

Broken (337/365)

2010 12 03 IMG_6069w
“Everything goes wrong all at once.”

Quantization Revision of Murphy's Laws

TIME:  6:51 PM
PLACE:  Kitchen
SUBJECT:  Kitchen table

We have had another catastrophe at the Sujomi household.  Our kitchen table broke this evening.  It is an old table – my mom got it from my dad’s side of the family back in the 1970’s and it must have been at least 20-30 years old then.  She gave it to me when I bought my 1st house in 1993 and it’s been in my kitchen ever since.  About 2 years ago, it developed a crack on one end where a couple of planks had been joined together in making the surface.  Well, tonight when DQ was leaning on it, that crack finally snapped apart completely.  Scared the bejeezus out of her.  She was upset, but I assured her it wasn’t her fault and I’m sure we can fix it.  Wood glue, clamps and some braces underneath should do it – I hope.  If not, I guess I’ll be shopping for a new kitchen table.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Glee (336/365)

2010 12 02 IMG_5985w2010 12 02 IMG_6028w
Schroeder: This is the music I've selected for the Christmas play.
[Schroeder plays Fur Elise]
Lucy Van Pelt: What kind of Christmas music is *that*?
Schroeder: Beethoven Christmas music.

"A Charlie Brown Christmas." Writ. Charles M. Schulz. 1965. Television.

TIME:  7:16 & 7:37 PM
PLACE:  Junior High School gym
SUBJECT:  StellaDella & MonkeyBoy

The two youngest participated in their grade school Christmas program this evening.  SD had been serenading me the past couple of weeks by practicing her songs.  It was a short (45 minutes), sweet program and all the kiddos did great.  Then we all went to the cafeteria for cookies and lemonade.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Concerned & In The Way (335/365)

2010 12 01 _MG_5931w
“Cats can work out mathematically the exact place to sit that will cause most inconvenience.”

Pam Brown (
Australian poet, b1948)

TIME:  7:44 PM
PLACE:  My bed
SUBJECT:  Jack

I was not feeling well this evening.  I didn’t eat supper and as soon as I finished helping StellaDella with her homework, I went upstairs to bed.  (How sad is it that I took my camera, because I knew I needed to take a picture yet for the day?)  After I got into bed and turned on the TV, Jack climbed up and lay down on me.  He looked a little concerned that I was in bed so early.  That made up for the fact that he blocked my view of the screen.

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...